Grace Before Reading A Book
Eternal Father, as we open the pages of this book we have chosen to read, we would express our gratitude for all the noble thoughts which the mind of man has given to the world.
We are grateful for the opportunity afforded us by good books to become companions of great minds and hearts. May we keep our minds always open and receptive to truth and beauty, knowing that these finally are manifested in our character.
May we treat this book as we respect and admire a friend. May we always choose for our reading moments books which will elevate our hearts, ennoble our minds, and lift our spirits.
For all the good things which come our way, we are grateful and, most of all, dear Father, may we be worthy of them.
— Dr Preston Bradley, quoted by Norman Vincent Peale in his book, TREASURY OF COURAGE AND CONFIDENCE.